FORUM: Fast Tracking a Downtown Cycling Grid! Calgary did it; Edmonton is doing it; so what’s up in Winnipeg?

Fast tracking a downtown cycling grid – Calgary did it; Edmonton is doing it; so what’s up in Winnipeg? 

I am absolutely THRILLED to be hosting one of Winnipeg’s most thought provoking cycling conversations this year!   Please mark your calendar to attend this forum on fast tracking a downtown cycling grid in Winnipeg:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • 6:30 pm Registration
  • 7:00 pm SHARP – Forum begins
  • Millennium Library, 215 Donald Street – Carol Shields Auditorium

The evening format will be comprised of a panel presentation and group discussion.  Refreshments, including Sargent Sundae’s pumpkin Ice cream, will be provided.  Apologies for the short notice, but fast tracking IS the theme of this conversation!    Here’s a brief of overview of what’s happening in Western Canada:

  • Calgary: In June, 2015, Calgary opened a 6.5 km protected bike-lane network throughout its downtown. The percentage of Calgarians that reported travelling to work by bicycle DOUBLED from 0.87% in 2011 to 1.75% in 2016.
  • Edmonton:  On October 11, 2016, Edmonton’s City Council gave the green light to add 7 km of bike lanes to downtown.
  • Winnipeg:  On October 18, 2016, let’s get this conversation started!

In record time, even by my standards, I’ve managed to pull together a stellar panel of experts to present, discuss and answer questions on “Fast tracking a Downtown Cycling Grid”.  The expert panel includes:

Stantec’s Alberta Offices 

  • Tyler Golly and Ryan Martinson: Tyler and Ryan were key leads with Stantec on both the Calgary and Edmonton projects.  Ryan will share the Calgary challenges, opportunities and lessons learned during planning and engagement, building, operating and evaluating Calgary’s pilot network. Tyler will relay a similar yet different story on the Edmonton team, and the planning, design and public-political conversations leading up to City Council’s green light approval this week!  A HUGE thank you to Stantec for entirely supporting Tyler and Ryan’s attendance at our Winnipeg conversation.

City of Winnipeg’s Public Works Department 

  • With City Council’s recent approval of Winnipeg’s award winning pedestrian and cycling strategies, we are now able to present a big picture overview of a strategic plan for our downtown cycling grid. This is a tremendous milestone – a first in Winnipeg’s cycling history!  A team of our Active Transportation and Public Works Department representatives will present Winnipeg’s 5-year downtown cycling plan and highlight the challenges/opportunities of building a downtown cycling grid. THANK YOU to the Public Works team for fast tracking the preparation of your presentation!

Janice Lukes, City Councillor for South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward
Chair of Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal & Public Works

  • Sitting on the ‘political side of the table’,  I will provide open and unfiltered political perspectives throughout the discussion. All members of Council have also been invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

The inspiration for this ‘Councillor hosted conversation’ emanates from a strong desire to improve cycling safety; seeing the extraordinarily positive emerging data from Calgary; attending the 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike conference (an outstanding experience cycling in the heart of downtown Vancouver); my many cycling Twitter fiends (I mean friends;); and of course, being ever the optimist!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who responded to my twitter call to help a busy City Councillor organize this event:

  • Paul Jordan, The Forks
  • Green Action Centre (Mel, Jamie and team)
  • Bike Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg Trails Association
  • Geung Kroeker-Lee

See you on Tuesday, October 18!

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 Janice Lukes
City Councillor, South Winnipeg-St Norbert Ward
Acting Deputy Mayor
Chair, Infrastructure Renewal & Public Works